Personally I've taken a lot from this unit. It's very fun and interesting to be able to learn about the events that lead into a new beginning. Revolutions throughout history have occurred in only a few days, and a new nation was born. We as people take notes from each other, even if we are separated by oceans, in how to make the world a better place. The Occupy Wall St. Movement was the most influential protest-type movement in my opinion. It stretched across the entire world and infected every country and place. Revolutions, as seen from the current events in Ukraine and around the world bring us together.
This unit we learned all about revolutions. Half of our unit was more so about historical revolutions. We researched and role-played about the French Revolution and how it started and the opinions of people in it. Through this research we figured out what a revolution is made up of and what needs to happen to keep it going. Our class also learned about the Haitian Revolution and what it had to do to with the French Revolution.
The second half of our unit was surrounding a lot of movements going on right now in the Middle East. Since we learned about revolutions in different time periods, we also investigated how certain aspects of revolutions have changed and might have been made easier or harder to accomplish.
My project is about the Cuban and Egyptian revolution. I centered the project on the pro's and con's of revolutions. My question for the Cuban revolution is how a revolution can benefit the people and my question for the Egyptian revolution is how it can harm them. I found some very interesting and it was an overall controversial topic. I found that many people had different opinions as to how revolutions can harm and help people.
We were lucky that during our revolution unit there is a revolution occurring in Ukraine. I became interested in studying social media's impact on revolutions when I met a girl through tumblr, a social media platform. There was a post going around that mentioned the conditions in her country and a lot of people saw this post, spreading information about a topic that many people didn't know about - myself included. When we were given this project I decided on social media because I knew there was an impact. I looked further into this on tumblr and found many people who were sharing their feelings on the Ukrainian Revolution, Euro Maiden. Now I was certain there was an impact of social media on revolutions and the way ideas spread.
In this unit of our World History class we learned about different Revolutions and how they worked. We discussed how a revolution begins and what makes them successful. There are many factors in a revolution and the democracy is what creates the big change. Revolutions happen when people want a change in the government or a change in the way they live. It is to better the situations in the place. People have many different options to start one like using social media and protests.
In my project I discuss how violent and nonviolent revolutions work and how they were both effective in what they wanted to do. No revolution is guaranteed, the whole point is to fight for the change and the new beginning. Most revolutions that I know about is overthrowing the current leader who is not doing their job right and the people have to pay the price for their irresponsibility. Revolutions overall make a huge impact for people and the history of the world.
Hello, everyone! It is Fodie Camara. I’m in the 9th grade and a student of Science Leadership Academy. In English class we were asked to write three blogs about something that we care about. I picked the issue of hunger. To me this a very important topic. If you don’t remember, my first blog post, talked about hunger-related facts and how it affects kids and the local community.
At my old school- Penn Alexander- we had a Food Can Drive every single year. We would have a month to bring in cans that would then be brough tto a food bank next to our school. I have been doing this ever since 1st grade, so I have been giving cans in for 8 straight years. For the second blog post, we had to write about our topic. So what I did for my topic is an interview, survey, and a Food Can Drive.
This survey gave me some responses that helped me give answer to my questions. I ask questions like Where do you think the most hunger takes place in the world? What does the government do to try to stop hunger? Have you and your family been affected by hunger? I ask questions these to see what people think about hunger. The responses I got for my question was that Africa, Asia, India were the areas where most hunger takes place in the world. The responses I got for my question was that nobody’s family has ever been affected by hunger. The responses I got for my question that nothing is being done in Philadelphia to stop hunger and or food drives and food stamps.
I expected for the question “where do you think the most hunger takes place in the world?”, the answer to be Africa because that is what most people think when they think about hunger. Also for the question “have you and your family been affected by hunger?”, I expected the answer no because people I know won’t tell the truth because they won’t want people to know or something like that. I expected for the question “what does the government do to try to stop hunger?” for to people to say Food Stamps and food can drives and donations and stuff like that and all of the people said that. All this new information I learned about hunger makes me see the world very different now.
The interview I’m having is with my Advisor. I asked him the questions that I put on the survey. He said that places that are hungry are areas that find it hard to grow food like North Africa, India and China. These areas also have a shortage of water, and we all know you can’t grow food without water. He said that hunger affects people because if you don’t have food, you won’t be successful and they can’t be focused and the big impact is that without food it going to lead to bigger problems. He also said that the government does a bad job trying to stop hunger, we could do a lot more to stop it. He said in Philadelphia a lot of group like Philabunces and other group do things without the government. So in Philadelphia the government does a bad job trying to stop hunger. He and his family have been affected by hunger couldn’t eat food from coming from school to home. He had a pretty big family, food couldn’t always make him full. It was hard growing up because it wasn’t always food when he looked.
I will be doing a Food Can Drive, this will be taking place here at (Science Leadership Academy). I will put bins in each of the freshman classrooms. I’ll be going around through the classrooms giving some information about hunger. All of the classrooms will have about to the end of May to collect cans. After collected all those cans, I will give the cans to the hunger coalition.
Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution: Voices from Tunis to Damascus
By Layla Al-Zubaidi and Matthew Cassel
Quarter 3 Reflection 4 March 4th, 2014
Zack Hersh Señorita Manuel
Fregosi y los Phillies
por Will Gonzalez
Este artículo es por Will Gonzalez, un autor de Ponte Al Dia yo leo frequentemente. El le escribe artículos de deportes, más específicamente, béisbol y los Phillies. Me gusta leer sus artículos sobre los Phillies y escribir reflexiones sobre artículos en los Phillies y artículos escribido por él. Señor Gonzalez es uno de mis autores favoritos cuando viene a artículos. Que el escribe es interesante y informativo y me ayuda seguir la pista en que está pasando con los Phillies, mi equipo de béisbol, y equipo por lo general, preferida. Esta vez su articulo es sobre Jim Fregosi, un ex gerente de los Phillies. Fregosi se murio más temprano en febrero, y Will Gonzalez estaba reflejando en su tiempo con Jim. Gonzalez dice que Fregosi fue uno de los más simpáticos personas que él conocía, y que Fregosi siempre estaba dispuesto de hablar con un reportero, aún un joven, novato, y hispánico como Will Gonzalez. Gonzalez parecía contento de hablar con Fregosi también y feliz que él le conoció. Fregosi apreciaba los hispanos y latinos porque él sabe tan mucho esa comunidad contribuían a béisbol. De este artículo, Fregosi parece que un hombre grande y un acto de clase. Gonzalez estaba triste para oir de su muerte.
The Tonight Show
casi - almost
audicionar - audition
desde - since
Casi diez años hace, un hombre joven fue a nueva york para poder audicionar en sábado noche vivo. Esta revista es sobre el nueva programa de que hombre. Jimmy Fallon trabajaba en SNL por pocos años y organizaba Late Night por cerca cinco años. Fue mucho popular cuando tiene la 12:00 raruna de tiempo. Recientemente, se mudó al “Tonight Show” y obtuvo la 11:00 raruna. Quizás, piensas esta cambia no está importante, pero, desde su transición de Late Night, está ganado mucho más espectadores. En su primera semana tenía muchos invitados famosos (incluso Jerry Seinfeld, Michelle Obama, y Will Smith). Ahora, estan en su segunda semana y haciendo muy bien.
Hello! My name is Dubois Stewart, and i’m introducing a new topic: Saving the Big cats! This is my first blog post so all the information I will be sharing should be completely new. For original research, I made a survey and sent it out over Facebook for people to take. Sadly, I only got 16 responses but I was able to sense a trend in the results. I noticed that most people cared about animals, humans and thought about big cats regularly. Most people thought of the tiger first when the word big cat was mentioned. Most of them also stated that they thought the human was ignorant of this issue and that if that most big cats would refer to eating them if they could speak. Finally, most people commented they would hate being ut in the situation that the big cats are currently in: shrinking homes, and shrinking food supply. I figured it was a given that most people would not enjoy someone in their being killed once every week, so I didn’t bother putting that question in. Overall, all the people who took my survey said they would do anything they could to help the big cats and most said they would ban certain things, such as extreme poaching, and deforestation. I also had an interview with the head of the education department, Ms. Houston. Due to her busy schedule, I had to email her the questions and responses. From this interview though, I learned that the Zoo will be holding an event this year to help little kids learn to love and remember to protect the big cats and other endangered species. Through these results I was able to see what people out in the world thought of this issue and what experts in the field were doing to help the big cats. In my opinion, I think that the human race could do a better job to take care of this planet. Its only on rent to us, and we’re driving our roommates to extinction. I think that if every person in the world just donated 1 dollar to any big cat organization that they would be saved. If the big cats were to go extinct, the world would end up being overrun with plant eaters and we’d begin to lose more of still wonder though why this problem hasn’t been solved yet, given that there are always huge fundraisers every year for the same thing. I also wonder if there could be some way to show people what life would be like without big cats before they go extinct. Finally, I wonder what I could do thats simple enough for everyone else in the world to do on their own to save these magnificent creatures. Anyway, I hope you take something away from reading this and incorporate it into your daily life. Thanks!
My Interview via email with Ms.Laura Houston: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/144644467ea79ddb
In the last blog post I wrote about malaria. I wrote about this deadly disease due to the lack of knowledge about the disease in the general population. There are simple and inexpensive treatments that people do not know about that could save lives and improve the world. I decided to make a survey to test people’s knowledge.
They were asked to answer these questions in short sentences:
How is malaria spread?
How is malaria treated?
Where is malaria most common?
(About) How many people die from malaria each year?
Why is there so little malaria in the United States?
What are the symptoms of Malaria?
To conduct the survey, I gave out printed sheets to my peers, and rewarded them each a piece of chocolate for their time .
There were some constraints in the answers, but there also was a lack of knowledge. For example 17 out of the 20 people said that mosquitoes spread malaria. From this we can guess that they know what it is: a fatal disease spread by mosquitoes. Also 15 people said that malaria was most common in Africa. Then all except three mentioned some combination of Tropical areas and 3rd world countries. So it appears that the same people who basically did not know what malaria was that did not know where it is.
The answer to another telling question about symptoms was hard to record. People often listed multiple symptoms and quite a few did not make any sense. One person thought that the only symptom was swelling and that a few hundred people died from it each year. Someone said the symptom were similar to those flu such fever. Others simply said they did not know. About five mentioned itching. Another interesting answer mentioned “liquid blood”, hallucinations and coughing up blood. I asked this question which involves more specific knowledge of malaria. Most people failed to get it right. Therefore we can conclude that most people just know what it is but not all the specifics.
Now this situation causes a problem. People do not know quite enough. To get more in depth we have to look at the second question, how is malaria treated? Out of the 20, the answers looked like this.
Looking at the graph, six out of the twenty said they did not know. Ttwo others said going to a doctor, which can I also infer that they did not know. The six people who answered question saying vaccines and the one who answered bug spray misunderstood the question. They thought it meant how do you prevent malaria. I feel like this is a big misinterpretations also. I am going to assume that the person who said, “depends on the type of parasite” meant medicine for all of them. The final one said blood transplants and I think they were guessing.
Within all the legitimate answers, there was a theme. (I included vaccination because it was such a popular answer and still sensical.) They are all seemingly expensive solutions. Medications are generally expensive. Vaccinations are also very expensive. People therefore conclude that malaria treatments are expensive and that it is difficult to save each person. This is at a time where antimalarial foundations need money. According to the World Health Organization , there are an increasing number of cases where Plasmodium falciparum (the most deadly species) is showing resistance to multiple drugs known as artemisinins. The organization believes that this is mostly caused by failure to receive a second medication. With more medication available, this could change the growing resistance and turn the tide. If we fail to prevent this resistance, the organization estimates it will take 5 years to recover and change the drug. While all that time, cases are increasing, and progress is pushed back.
Here is basically what I believe: if people don’t know about the disease, it could get worse. With funding, we could take big steps forward to eradication. So a simple solution is to teach people. As an agent of change, I am going to teach a class about malaria and how it affects the world.
Sieanna Williams Q3
City Hall celebra Mes de la Historia Afroamericana
“Miembros del Concejo de Filadelfia conmemoraron la segunda edición del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana en City Hall” el artículo abrió con. A este celebración, ellos leyeron fragmentos del texto ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ escrito en 1963 por Martin Luther King Jr. Ellos también comieron “soul food”. ¿Cuántos cosas son mal con esto? Todo.
Primero, los miembros del Concejo de Filadelfia conmemoraron la SEGUNDA edición del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana en City Hall. ¡Me pregunto por qué es la segunda edición cuando el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana ha estado pasando para muchos años! ¿Entonces, todo que pasó es leyendo “fragmentos” del texto ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ por Martin Luther King Jr y un almuerzo de ‘soul food’? ¿Seriamente? Ese nivel de respeto por Afroamericanas es el más bajo respecto City Hall puede pagar.
Pero eso es una otra discusión para luego. No me gusta el facto que el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana existe. Yo pienso que esta mal para ahí ser un Mes de la Historia Afroamericana y no Mes de la Historia Hispano, Blanco, Americano Nativo, etc. Yo entiendo que esclavitud era muy serio, y discriminación contra Afroamericanas es muy terrible. ¡Sin embargo, yo también entiendo que hay personas de este nación que eran discriminado contra como los judios, hispanos, y hoy Americanos Nativos no se consideran ciudadanos cuando ellos son aquí en América antes todos de nosotros!
Yo pienso que si ahí un Mes de la Historia Afroamericana, ahí necesito ser un Med de la Historia de todos personas que traumatizaban, es la cosa sólo que es razonable.
Gamboa, Ana. "Latino News and Opinion." City Hall Celebra Mes De La Historia Afroamericana - . Ed. Redacción AL DÍA. AL DIA News, 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 02 Mar. 2014. <http://www.pontealdia.com/philadelphia/city-hall-celebra-mes-de-la-historia-afroamericana.html>.
Hi again! As you may have read in my first blog post, my name is Gabrielle Cromley and I am doing a project called You and the World for my English class at Science Leadership Academy. I chose to write about finding a cure for cancer and how the lack of government funding is preventing researchers from saving lives. Since my last post, I have looked into the emotional and financial burden that cancer brings upon people.
Cancer brings just as much if not more emotional pain than physical. It causes depression, anxiety, distress, and fear in the patients and their loved ones. Below is an excerpt from a pamphlet about how cancer affects your emotional health by the American Cancer Society. Click here to read more.
“In people with cancer, these feelings may be caused by many things, including changes in how they are able to fill family or work roles. A person with cancer might feel the loss of control over life events, and have to deal with changes in body image. They might feel grief at the losses and changes in their lives that cancer brings. They might fear death, suffering, pain, or all the unknown things that lie ahead. Family members and caregivers may have these feelings, too. They are often afraid of losing their loved one. They may also feel angry because someone they love has cancer, frustrated that they “can’t do enough,” or stressed because they have to do more at home.”
As for the financial effects of cancer, it does not only have an impact on patients and their families but on our entire nation”s economy. For patients, their medical bills depend on their method of treatment and the severity of their illness. Cancer is a very expensive illness to treat and research. Research is so expensive since there are so many types of cancer and there is a lot of needed equipment and supplies that go into it. This is also a global issue since, “More people (in the world) die from cancer every year around the world than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined,” as stated in The Global Burden of Cancer by the Livestrong Foundation. If we could globally fight cancer, we would probably be on the edge of finding a cure. This is not currently possible, because world peace does not seem to be achievable yet. Till then, we should fight against cancer as much as we can internationally by researching with other countries that we are at peace with.
As part of my own research, I created a survey which I sent throughout my school and posted all over my social networks. The point of my survey was to learn how much people are informed on this subject and what their opinions are about this issue. Also, adults and kids my age responded to this survey. The results of my survey revealed that people are not informed on how much the government funds to cancer research, the effects of medical malpractice, and that they only had pretty vague understandings of what cancer is. Most of the responses to the question, “What is your understanding of cancer?”, said that it is a deadly and terrible disease that is caused by abnormal cell growth and reproduction. They did not state the emotional, mental, physical, and financial toll that it has on its victims, their families, and our world as a whole. Also, 83% of the people who filled out the survey know someone who has been affected by cancer. The results from the question, “Do you think there is enough federal funding for cancer research,” were that 53% of the people did not know how much the government funds cancer research, 37% said that there should be more funding towards finding a cure, and only 3 people answered that there is enough funding. To view the rest of the results of my survey, click here.
Part of Survey Results
The outcome of my research supports my claim that people are uneducated on funding and the repercussions that cancer has on people. I also learned that people know little about infections within cancer patients, but that they are somewhat familiar of what medical malpractice is. The results indicate that many people care about this cause and they want to make a change, but the negligence of the government to fund toward this issue is restraining our potential. I learned that my topic is important to many people and that cancer is more common than it is thought to be. People are willing to support, but they are going to begin to give up if there isn’t a change in the governments priorities. Not even just cancer, scientific research itself should be more of a priority to United States and to the world, because science and technology is the gateway to the future.
There is already a lot of awareness about finding a cure for cancer, but there is not a lot of pressure on the government to put the people’s ideas into action. In order to bring the government’s attention to this subject there needs to be an effort by people everywhere to contact their representatives, join groups that support cancer/scientific research to take part in their activities, and stand up to make a difference instead of sitting back and waiting for others to take charge. There should also be more awareness to aiding cancer patients and their loved ones with the effects of cancer that I spoke about previously. Anybody can help by volunteering, donating to families suffering from the financial struggle or to hospitals that do not charge families for their medical needs like St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. There needs to be a lot of people to fight to make these changes which is why we all must take a stand.
Even after my research, I still wonder about other people’s points of view. I want to know what doctors who are affected by funding and people who work for the government or are in Congress think. This would allow me to hear arguments that oppose and support this problem. I would also like to learn more about how research funding is spent.
For our You and the World project, each student must put their ideas into action so that they can make a change for their cause. This part of the project is called the Agent of Change. To make a change in cancer research, I am planning on creating my own team for the Race for the Cure Walk in Philadelphia. I will set a goal for my fundraising, get sponsors, and donate to finding a cure. This will also allow me to meet cancer survivors and interact with people who are also fighting for this cause. I hope to be able to fulfill this goal, but setting up a team requires a lot of support and hard work which I am willing to put forth.
In the first blog i focused more on what happens to the body when a teenager goes through an eating disorder. After doing an interview and new research I inquired a few new things. http://www.something-fishy.org/isf/mentalhealth.php Some girls that suffer from eating disorders do it because they would rather deal with physical pain or put emotion into something else rather than deal with emotional pain. Its such a common misconception that girls just don't eat to lose weight and they can start eating whenever they want. But that is completely not true, not eating is also very similar to self mutilation its a way to hide behind what is really wrong.
For my second blog post I had to conduct our own personal research. The options were fieldwork, surveys, or lastly the one that I choose to do an interview. My subject was a PHD student at PECOM. I felt like this would have been the most effective choice for me because she has spoken to many teens with eating disorders; and could really understand the mental state of somebody suffer with the disorder. Since i did an interview i did not really receive any statistical information. While i did inquire a lot of useful information. First I found out a lot about triggers and why it can be more common in a teen than an adult. Being in school surrounded people that are all different body types. Can pose a physical threat which makes a young person question themselves. Being in a social environment daily can cause pressure to fit in or pressure to be the best at whatever you do; and sometimes that can be out of a students hand. So not eating is a thing that they can control. Something that no nobody can take away from them. To conclude that school itself and everything that comes along with it can be a main trigger.
Finding out this information really helped me with my YATW project, because most parents in particular look at school as a place for children to learn and be with friends. Which for a lot of kids it is, but in some cases it can be a place of fear and sadness in many young teens. Another reason the information as well as the interview process was helpful is because i was really able to get a deeper level of understanding what really effects tennagers with eating dissorders. And i needed to get that perspective so i would be able to help as effectively as possible when i go on and do field work.
As said in the previous paragraph this information really helps me with my issue, because sure a lot of people don’t really realize why. The issue is so much deeper, learing more about what trigger the appetite suppression can really help stop a lot of the problems early on. A person can be doing really well in the recovery process but at any given moment it can be set off if the patient does not have the proper outlet. I also learned that girls in particular when it comes to triggers can really never let that particular thing but the thing that people need to recognize is that its how we can better understand how to hekp with ways to try and forget what made us unhappy.
After doing additional research I was able to form more of my own opinions about teen eating disorders. I realize that there really are really not a lot of places or people that really understand the mental hurt in a patient. I feel that there needs to be more attention payed to high school children that maybe are not the happiest. That why these teenagers are able to get so out of control with their disorders because people are just so blind. I always knew that eating disorders were more than just wanting to lose weight but my eyes were opened to so many more reasons behind the disorder.
There are still a lot of things that I would like to learn. For example I would like to talk to a treatment facility center and learn different treatment methods out of the very few that exist. I also want to venture more into how eating disorders can cause other issues like anxiety and depression. And if so how, is it more likely for a teenager to suffer with other issues while going through remission? I am also left wandering in not eating is encouraged by society is i really unavoidable to have these sort of issues?
For blog number three i would like to take the idea of some of the dove commercials but apply it in a school setting. By doing some activities as well as i quick lesson. My goal is to help kids my age understand that we all have worth, as corny as that sounds. I want people to understand that we all struggle with presser being the way we look or even academically. So i will be taking these ideas to my advisory and have us all talk about what we fear and dislike about ourselves as well as others. And take that a connect it to eating disorders and how they all relate.
To access the interview: Original research
Hello everybody I am back and here to inform you more on Animal Neglect. So in my previous blog post I mentioned Kitten neglection here in Philadelphia and how it affects the city. I have posted stories on examples of how they were neglected and how awful it is to look at this. Now I would like to discuss the topic on Animal neglect in general and I have been doing a bit of research and decided to make a survey about this topic. They are based on basic knowledge to appeal on others opinions. The first question included a ratio in which the viewer would think what a homeless person to a homeless animal is, 14% thought it was 1:1, surprisingly 0% was for 1:2, a solid 43% thought it was 1:3, another 14% thought it was 1:4, and the remaining 29% thought it was 1:5. The results for this was very surprising, I expected a good percentage to pick 1:2, but no one appeared to choose it. Many of this answers were a good shots at trying to get the correct answer, although the correct answer is 1:5, that 29% got it correct without even knowing so congrats! I believe that this answer would be correct because although there are many many homeless people there are also a lot of stray animals. There are more stray animals then you actually think, although you see many people out there asking for money that also don't have a home or food or maybe even family, there are also much more stray animals out there that also ask for comfort and food and the slightest bit of attention so that they actually know that there are people that care for them. I think that this is very wrong and something that can be fixed. Although there are animal shelters that are full and can't accept animals into theŕ hold you can also give an animal to people who would need the company. THere are plenty of homeless people out there why not give them a companion they can be with, they both know that they are secure with someone they would wanna be with. Doing this would be killing two birds with one stone (not promoting animal violence), you get to help the community doing two things. Although this seems like a good idea, there are plenty of other ideas that can help out in the community with issues like these. Just helping out would make a big difference.
Many of the animals that will be helped would be of the biggest population there is, cats. Now on my survey I asked a agree disagree question to get the opinions of those taking my survey.
As seen here I wanted to know if it was true for them if cats in particular were abused more than dogs and dogs in particular were used just to make profits off of. Here were the responses of the viewers. I hate the fact that their are people who say that dogs would be more abused than cats reason being that it is not true, they are either equally or less abused than dogs. I believe this as my own opinion because I have seen many of the stray cats that have walked around on my block and I have never once seen a stray dog in all of the states I have ever been to. Here in Philadelphia on my street I have seen with my own eyes that cats have been mistreated very badly and have been messed around with like a toy, this is unfair and discrimination towards them. ¨A dog is a man's best friend¨ is a saying commonly used and is true because a dog is most likely to find a home than a cat would. It is upsetting to think that animals in general are treated differently between one another and can be thought of ways through merely little stereotypes between animals. This is like your common types in human diversity, it similar in animals. I wanna be able to help trying to shut out these stereotypes. So, to make a difference I will be doing field work on my block by creating a bake sale at my school to help raise money to provide stray animals on my block with shelter and food to keep safe in the harsh moments of the seasons. This is something that would be rare to find someone to do. Something your normal person would do is volunteer at an animal shelter, but I find that to be cliche so I decided to do this. I just hope to have this work out!!!!!
Hello my fellow readers and welcome to my second blog! As you may know from my first blog, my You and the World topic is animal abuse and cruelty in America. If you did not read my first blog, please click here. In my first blog, I talked mainly about what animal abuse is and the different types of abuse. My main goal is to promote to the community the end animal abuse and cruelty and to teach people with the knowledge that I have learned, to treat animals with respect.
Over the past couple of days, I've been researching online for new news, dealing with animal abuse and cruelty. I came across an article on the New York Times dealing with an issue in Idaho where Governor CL Otter has signed a bill that will make it illegal to film acts animal abuse on agricultural farms. Anyone who is caught will have to pay a $5,000 fine and serve a year in jail. Curious about the subject, I decided to dwell deeper into this story. I found a rather extensive report of this story on ABC. The reason why this bill was created was because of the actions of Mercy For Animals, a non profit organization, who secretly filmed the physical and sexually abuse of cows at Bettencourt Dairies. The owner of Bettencourt Diaries was getting death threats and that’s why the bill was put in place (yeah, right). To read the story, click here
Here you can see a worker kicking a cow in the face. This is from the video filmed at Bettencourt Dairies
While reading this, I became upset because Mercy For Animals was only trying to help. They were trying to promote the acts of wrongdoing through the media. Is that wrong? Now that this bill will be put into a law, cases of animal abuse and cruelty will forever go unnoticed and people will continuously support these so called “animal friendly” organizations and companies. Would you want this to happen?
This time around, I wanted to conduct my own original research, so I decided to interview some staff members at the Francisvale Home for Small Animals. They are a non- profit, no kill shelter located in Radnor, Pennsylvania. All of the staff there were extremely patient and made it no problem to work with me even after such short notice. It was very exciting working with them and having my questions answered. Below is one of the questions I had asked:
“Question: What triggers people to commit animal abuse/cruelty?”
And their answer was: “Lack of education, frustration, mental health problems, lack of money and also the owner may have suffered abuse when they were younger.”
That question was followed by : “How can I prevent animal cruelty?” Their answer:
You can learn about positive enforcement and when you witness your friends or relatives or anybody mistreat an animal, you can teach them the right ways to treat them. You can also have an animal abuse officer come teach a class and at 17 or 18 volunteer at a local shelter.” Click here to view the rest of the interview.
I was shocked to hear that one reason why some people commit animal abuse is because of lack of knowledge. My main focus is to now educate others of what I learned so that way, animal abuse won’t have to be a problem. For my role of Agent of Change, I’m thinking about volunteering at a shelter to gain more knowledge so I can share that with others. Hopefully after doing so, I can host a fundraiser where Human Law officers and I teach the community on ways to prevent cruelty and abuse as well as have people donate money to go towards animal shelters that focus on animals victims of abuse and cruelty.
Stay tuned for Blog # 3!
Click here to view my annotated bibliography